Illinois Coaches’ Meeting. October 6, 2011. Agenda. Welcome and Introductions Basics of Coaching a Team A Rookie Team’s Journey Judging Awards at regionals Who qualifies for state? What does a judging session look like? Tournaments What to expect at your regional
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October 6, 2011
Tom Kleinschmidt Acting FLL Partner, INSciTE Board member
Bob Hubberts Coordinator of State Tournament
Diane Michalczuk Head Judge Advisor
Brian Gravelle Head Referee
Jane Gravelle Assistant Head Judge Advisor, Social Media
Patti Krinninger Administrator
Eric Arndt Media Relations
Mercie Brumfield FLL Demos and team recruiting
Mike McKellar Down-state team recruiting, Social Media
Patty Barton VIP Events
Batavia (2) Ron Karabowicz
Champaign/Urbana (2) Bob Smith
Chicago – Miles Davis Mike McKinney
Chicago – Girl Scout Vicki Caluen
Chicago – UIC Rich Levey
Harvard Mimi Book
Lake Zurich Dave April
Mount Prospect Tony DeRicco
Palatine/Quest Rich Levey
Peoria (3) Bruce Stott and Prasad Parupalli
Rockford Mark Anderson
Streator Pam Riss
Zion Robin Denil and Mary Olson
Don’t take this too seriously … Have FUN!
The following six items should be known inside and out by all coaches and mentors:
The students win by participating.
Your Goal should be to let the students have fun and enjoy the experience …so they will desire to return next year!!!
FLL defines children doing the work as children making all critical decisions in the robot-building, programming and project development processes.
If you find yourself pushing a solution, you’re doing the team a disservice.
Not only are children not thinking for themselves, but you may also suppress
a revolutionary idea…Children become problem solvers by finding solutions
Resist the temptation to solve it for them.
Get all co-coaches, parents and mentors to know the boundaries
A coach does a disservice if he/she only hands the parts and manuals to the children and leaves them on their own.
It is the COACH who
Even though the kids will be itching to get started there are some things to do before putting the first pieces of the robot together
Keeping in mind the information gathered during the design phase, have the kids start building.
Have your coaches all go through the programming tutorials that come with the LEGO Education version of the NXT software.
Have your team set a timeline (project schedule)
Have the kids create the timeline they will understand it much better than if it is just told to them.
Use the project guidelines provided by FLL
Robot Design Award
Core Values Award
Robot Performance Award
Rookie Team Award
Judges’ Award (optional)
A team can win only one judged award plus the Robot Performance Award
Champion’s Award - This award recognizes a team that embodies the FLL experience, by fully embracing our Core Values while achieving excellence and innovation in both the Robot Game and Project.
Judges’ Choice Award
During the course of competition the judges may encounter teams whose unique efforts, performance or dynamics merit recognition.
Rookie Team Award
Core Values Poster
Teams will be judged in 3 categories:
Core Values Awards:
Robot Design Awards:
Robot Performance Award
This is an award that Illinois uses to honor teams who demonstrate strong FLL Values and who will act as ambassadors for FLL in Illinois.
The team selected as the Illinois FLL Ambassador will be presented with a trophy at the state tournament. This team will also receive an FLL Core Values nomination to the FLL World Festival.
The Coaches’ Handbook – know it!
which can be found on the FLL website at this link :
Teams select top 3 choices when registering for the Illinois tournament series. We will do our best to give you one of your choices.
Teams that have registered first will be given priority if a conflict arises. So register early if you can!
Regional team assignments will be posted on our website by October 31st. Teams should hear from regional tournament coordinator by November 15th .
Regional Tournament Coordinators (RTCs) are all volunteers so be nice to them!
The Regional is an all day event, held on a Saturday or Sunday in November or December.
Find out if your regional will be selling food, or make arrangements for food to be brought in for your team.
Teams may be ask to provide
Friday Night January 14th & Saturday January 15th
64 teams competing
Forest View Field House
2121 S. Goebbert Rd.
Family members and friends are encouraged to attend – no charge for admittance.
Food and beverages will be available for sale both Friday (snacks) and Saturday (breakfast, lunch, snacks)
Teams from cities within 50? Miles of Arlington Heights will be required to participate in presentation, teamwork, and robot design judging on Friday night.
The State Tournament is also an all day event, so same recommendations can be made regarding help
There is a lot of things going on at the State Tournament, so make sure your team knows what is expected of them.
Don’t miss the coaches meeting where very important information and guidelines will be provided!